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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 28th Jun 08, 11:44 AM
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    July 2008 Grocery Challenge
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    • 28th Jun 08, 11:44 AM
    July 2008 Grocery Challenge 28th Jun 08 at 11:44 AM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the seventh Grocery Challenge of 2008.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your June budget, then keep on posting in the June Grocery Challenge.

    As always this challenge is to reduce your own grocery budget to levels that you will be pleased with, not forgetting that we always recommend that you stay inside your own comfort levels and take things gently one step at a time. Remember that this is not a competition....it's designed to take you and your grocery spending to a level you are happy with.

    If you are new to the challenge I have quoted the advice from Galtizz below which will help you get started.

    Please post into this thread for help and advice and support at any time. Good luck to everyone taking part!

    I have said this before, but for all the newbies to the challenge;

    For the first month I took a guess at the budget but I really had no idea how much I was spending.

    I found the best thing is to have a guess the first month but SAVE ALL OF YOUR RECEIPTS (and yes, that does include the ones from the local shop when you run out of milk ), then at the end of the month add them all up and have a look if you were on budget, if not, it doesn't matter because your budget was a guess. For the next month you can use the total of your receipts and take a bit off to get a realistic budget, just shave off as much as you think you can, it could be £1 a week or £20 a week.

    If you are currently spending £200 a month don't suddenly drop it to £100 - you'll never do it but if you cut £20 a month off for a few months you'll get there eventually without feeling you're missing out on anything.

    You might think you've done everything you can in the first month but someone always comes up with a new idea and, if you try it you often find you save a bit more (unless you are SarahSaver who is an expert at this and could only save more if she turned her back garden into a paddy field and lived on rice ) In the first month I thought, I'm planning meals, I couldn't possibly save any more, but then I started double cooking and freezing, and making soup instead of buying it in tins.

    I've been doing this since Feb but only saved ALL of my receipts last month, it has given me a much better idea of where it is all going. Budget for next month is £80 for 2 of us, I'll start on 30/4. I could probably save more, by eating different foods but I can afford to live on £80, I have saved a lot of money since Feb. and I don't waste food or money any more. So I'm happy with my budget.
    by Galtizz



    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Pink
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  • NannyOgg
    Evening all, just popped in to update sig...

    philsmum - so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers ((hug))

    (At this point I would have posted denisefowler's hugging smiley, but then I saw what it was called when you hold the mouse over it)

    My month ends on Sunday but things are a bit manic this weekend so there will probably be some spending to add to my current total before I declare. Be that as it may, I think I can safely say I've come in under budget

    However, in August I'm including takeaways in GC budget - they're normally considered a treat but OH relies on them far too much - and I've been VERY busy the last few weeks, not even getting chance to sit down until nine-ten o'clock every night, and God forbid OH cook :rolleyes: I am soooooo sick of pizza Anyways, if all those junky meals had come from GC money I'd be posting a lot more of and instead of . So I'm re-organising finances and re-educating OH... we get marred in 49 days so he'd better be a quick study

    thriftlady's hash recipe is being applied to the remains of a roast lamb I've got in the fridge for tonight's dinner, then I've got some batch cooking and baking planned for the weekend to get us back on track with work lunches.

    angenikki - hurrah for the nearly-finished bathroom and can you please put me down for £170 for August.

    Hugs to all
  • Diane_239
    Well today i started the Aug challenge manged to do a 4 week meal plan,ordered big shop from Asda £78,butchers£30 and fruit and veg from market £10,
    Both freezer and cupboards look more healthy and full.know i will aim for has many Nsd as possible.kids back tomorrow so am baking biscuits and cakes.will give the iced bun cakes a go.
    Does anyone make there own nan bread?
    July 2008 Grocery Challenge.[£200/£200]
    Aug Grocery Challenge £200
    • *BigBird*
    • By *BigBird* 25th Jul 08, 5:56 PM
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    Oops, forgot the question I wanted to ask! Doh!

    Am making a trifle this weekend. What's he best type of cake/sponge to use? Bog-standard trifle sponge, or can I make it a bit more exciting by using something different?
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    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 25th Jul 08, 6:05 PM
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    Hi Den

    I think thats the right way to do it

    I increase/decrease the weekly budget depending on the previous months performance. I also make sure that my budget is achievable. I know some may see this as the wrong way to do it but if my budget is higher and more realistic of what I'm likely to spend then it helps motivate me to try and beat the target, rather than setting a lower target and finding it too tight to succeed.

    Nikki x
    Originally posted by angelnikki
    Denise, when I planned my budget I looked at what I had to pay for yearly (insurances gifts and the like) and divide it by 12. Then I added what I pay monthly. Then I work out a fuel budget, a family leisure budget, and mine and DH's pocket money. Then when I know what's left I look at what I'm able to spend. Some has to go to savings and some has to go to house renovation. That leaves my grocery budget.
    HTHs anyone else too.
    Originally posted by Kaz2904
    Thanks Nikki & Kaz,

    Thank you so much for your ideas. I think you're both right. I use microsoft money, so I can easily do a budget of the last year, work out where our money has been going, etc, although it might not be totally right as i used to forget sometimes why we withdrew cash, etc, but it will give me a good idea to work from.

    All bills, insurances, ect are already sorted and budgeted for, so it is only extra costs - groceries, diesel, gifts, prescriptions, etc, so I will have to see what we have left and work out a budget to that accordingly - hopefully better than I have been x

    Had another NSD today and finally got off my backside and did some work - did another HM minced beef & onion pie with HM chips and beans, plus have a massive pot of Parsnip & Apple soup on the stove cooling at the moment ready for freezing (although there may be less of it by then) - numnumnum!

    PS: Nikki, you keep squirrelling those savings away - if your exOH wants to waste money on carp, then you should at least have the benefit of being able to save for it eh!

    PPS: Nanny Ogg - you naughty thing you, I never looked at that part before, just saw it as a group hug
    Last edited by Flylady_Flower; 25-07-2008 at 6:11 PM.
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  • MRSMCAWBER
    Big bird...

    oooohhh you can't beat swiss roll in a triffle - i used to like the jam n cream one
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    • *BigBird*
    • By *BigBird* 25th Jul 08, 6:21 PM
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    plus have a massive pot of Parsnip & Apple soup on the stove cooling at the moment ready for freezing (although there may be less of it by then) - numnumnum!
    Originally posted by denisefowler
    Ooo, could you post the recipe for this, pretty please It sounds delish!

    Thanks for the tip Mrs M, I'll give swiss roll a go.
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    • skintscotslass
    • By skintscotslass 25th Jul 08, 6:23 PM
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    skintscotslass
    Well today i started the Aug challenge manged to do a 4 week meal plan,ordered big shop from Asda £78,butchers£30 and fruit and veg from market £10,
    Both freezer and cupboards look more healthy and full.know i will aim for has many Nsd as possible.kids back tomorrow so am baking biscuits and cakes.will give the iced bun cakes a go.
    Does anyone make there own nan bread?
    Originally posted by Diane_239
    Diane - I dont make nan bread but I do like indian courgette bread which we usually have with a curry. Its a nice easy one

    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1695/indian-bread-with-courgettes-and-coriander
    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 25th Jul 08, 6:36 PM
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    Free Tea & cookies at MrT
    Has any one been to Tesco today... If you spend more than £30 at ours they are giving you 40 Tetley teabags and a packet of Maryland cookies for FREE. I was wondering if it was a nationwide thing.. very odd.. you fetch them after you've done your shopping/check out.
    Originally posted by shala_moo
    I just got a leaflet through with this week's advertiser saying they are doing this at the Tesco Extra in Yarmouth. So it looks like its a nationwide thing

    Free Tetley tea bags & Maryland cookies when you spend £30 or more in store. Ends Sunday 27th July

    Shame I dont shop in store

    Nikki x
    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 25th Jul 08, 6:46 PM
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    Ooo, could you post the recipe for this, pretty please It sounds delish!
    Originally posted by *BigBird*
    No problem, I'm not sure who originally posted it (would have been on the May or June GC I think?) but it really is lovely, so thank you to whoever posted first:

    Parsnip & Apple Soup
    • 50g Butter
    • 5 parsnips, peeled & cut into chunks
    • 1 large bramley apple, peeled and cut into chunks
    • 1 ltr veg stock
    • 600ml milk
    • salt & pepper to taste
    1. Melt the butter in a pan
    2. Add the chopped parsnips & apple and cook on a low heat for 5-10 mins. (I turned them here to make sure coated in the butter).
    3. Add the stock and simmer for 20 mins or until the parsnips are cooked and soft.
    4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
    5. Add the milk (it may curdle but don't worry)
    6. Blend
    7. If freezing, season to taste and put into whatever containers you want to freeze in - someone on here mentioned putting a freezer bag into a mug and freezing in that, then taking the mug out after it is frozen - ideal for re-heating and serving individual portions.
    8. If serving then and there, return to pan, season to taste, re-heat and serve.
    They also mentioned that you don't have to add the milk until you want to eat it (only make sure you divide into equal portions and note on each portion how much of the milk to add when defrosted). I have only done it once before and it was wonderful, but apparently it is a very forgiving soup and usually comes out slightly different but still yummy each time - must be if I can do it!
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    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 25th Jul 08, 6:49 PM
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    OrkneyStar
    Well today i started the Aug challenge manged to do a 4 week meal plan,ordered big shop from Asda £78,butchers£30 and fruit and veg from market £10,
    Both freezer and cupboards look more healthy and full.know i will aim for has many Nsd as possible.kids back tomorrow so am baking biscuits and cakes.will give the iced bun cakes a go.
    Does anyone make there own nan bread?
    Originally posted by Diane_239
    Diane- recipe for naan bread (makes 4)
    (I think this came from Asda magazine a few years back)
    • 350g (12oz) strong white bread flr
    • 1 sachet (7g) dried yeast
    • 150ml (1/4 pint) natural yoghurt
    • 2tbsp fresh coriander or cumin seeds (optional)
    • 1 tsp salt.
    1. Mix flour, yeast and salt in a bowl.
    2. Add the warm water and yoghurt.
    3. Mix to a soft dough and add coriander if using.
    4. Knead on floured surface for 5 mins.
    5. Return to bowl and cover with cling film or tea towel.
    6. Leave 1-1.5 hours or until tripled in size.
    7. Preheat oven to 200/Fan 180/Gas 6.
    8. Turn out dough onto floured surface and knead lightly. Divide into 4 balls.
    9. Roll each into 15 by 25cm (6 x 10 in) oval and place on oiled baking sheets.
    10. Scatter over cumin if using.
    11. Bake for 8-10 min until crisp and golden in places.
    hth



    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 25th Jul 08, 6:50 PM
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    I just got a leaflet through with this week's advertiser saying they are doing this at the Tesco Extra in Yarmouth. So it looks like its a nationwide thing

    Free Tetley tea bags & Maryland cookies when you spend £30 or more in store. Ends Sunday 27th July

    Shame I dont shop in store

    Nikki x
    Originally posted by angelnikki
    It's in ours too (Pitsea and Basildon) so def countrywide - Nikki, why not ask when you place your order online? must be worth a try??? Maybe ring and ask and they may give you a code
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  • fertyskids
    Hi Everyone,

    just popped on to update my sig. im sorry i have not had time to read todays thread, and a friend has just turned up. will try to later.

    i think im under budget this month, but im not 100% sure if everything has gone on. this is my first month and im still not sure wha hubby is spending and where some of my cash goes. oh well im trying.

    i did try to create a budget of some discription.... very very hard and scary....

    car repairs xmas and birthdays etc if i allow for this i would be in overdraft every month. all we pay for is food bills ect no takeaways ever a meal out is macdonalds for the kids once a month at the most. CAN ANYONE IDENTIFY?

    what can i do.

    well i suppose thats why im here.

    my budget finishes on sun. i only need milk until then. my freezers x2 are nearly full and a lot in the cuboards as well. i might try £400 for August although i will be feeding 9 everyday for that. breakfast lunches and eve meal!!!

    take care karen
    • chocolateteddy
    • By chocolateteddy 25th Jul 08, 6:56 PM
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    chocolateteddy
    Has any one been to Tesco today... If you spend more than £30 at ours they are giving you 40 Tetley teabags and a packet of Maryland cookies for FREE. I was wondering if it was a nationwide thing.. very odd.. you fetch them after you've done your shopping/check out.
    Originally posted by shala_moo
    Hi yes it was in lowestoft and Gt Yarmouth. Me and sister went to Yarmouth one this week and I laughed when I went in and said 'look if they think I'm spending £30 just to get a packet of biscuits and 40 teabags!!!!'
    but I came out with my biccies and teabags and I didn't even want anything yet managed to spend £34 Luckily it doesn't come out of GC budget as it was a waterproof jacket for DD and play parachute:rolleyes:
    I think the stores at the moment just want to get you through the doorwith cheap offers and hope you'll spend more But as a converted MSE Grocery Challenger I go in and stick to my list So they get no extra out of me but as they say Every Little Helps!!
    Not sure if I'm going to make it inside my budget this month still got a week to go till holiday and end of month and we have had a couple of days of takeaways - how could I go down beach and say no to icecreams and nothing beats watching the red arrows eating chips and sand
    Oh well theres always next month!!
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    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 25th Jul 08, 7:10 PM
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    Hi
    Here is the recipe I mentioned earlier, hope it makes sense (it is one of my own so sorry if its jumbled- not had to write it down before). Its great for using up extra mince or mince/lentil mix and you can use whatever mediterranean veg you have around eg mushrooms, peppers, courgettes, onions etc. You could add some chilli and kidney beans to this to make it a Mexican version (I am adding some chilli tomorrow to leftover mince mix to have spicy pasta).

    Mediterrean Mince and Potato 'Pie' (for 2-3 servings) ideal for using up extra mince or mince/lentil mix.
    • 4-5 largeish potatoes (if bakers then 2 would likely be enough for this size).
    • 2-4 small cupfulls cooked mince (or mince/lentil mix)
    • Half red or orange pepper (or 5 small ones)- cut into chunks
    • 1 courgette- cut into chunks
    • 1/2-1 red onion (depending on size)- cut into chunksHalf tin plum toms, or equivalent amount of roasted toms (I used the ones I had roasted up with some basil that had been frozen)
    • 1-2 tbsp tomato puree
    • good glug worcestershire sauce
    • beef stock/beef stock cube and water to mix (I used a Knorr cube this time)
    • good handful grated cheese (I used a mix of chedd/parmesan)
    • small handful fresh basil/oregano (you could use dried of these- use less, or use italian dried herbs instead)
    1. Cook the mince (mince/lentil mix as you normally would)- this is ideal for using up a batch of pre-made mince mix if you have it.
    2. Cook the potatoes, either whole or in large chunks, and allow to cool.
    3. Fry (or roast if you have time) the chunked peppers, courgettes and onions. Drain and add to the mince mix along with stock to make it just slightly thicker than spag bol consistency. (I used roasted peppers I already had in the freezer- straight from frozen, and fried the onion/courgette)
    4. Let this simmer gently together for 5-10 mins and then add the tomatoes, tom puree, wors sauce, and season to taste.
    5. Then add all of this mix to a small casserole dish, so that you have a reasonable layer on the bottom.
    6. Then slice the potatoes into approx 1 inch thick 'scallops' and layer these over the top of the mince mix (don't worry about overlap).
    7. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
    8. Heat through in the oven at 200 for approx 1/2 hr.
    9. Serve alone or with a handful of mixed veg.
    PS The iced buns are moreish- I have eaten at least 5 today already
    Last edited by OrkneyStar; 25-07-2008 at 7:14 PM.
    • carolt2
    • By carolt2 25th Jul 08, 7:13 PM
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    carolt2
    Evening everyone,

    Finally got to the shops tonight. Still got plenty in so only needed a few bits.

    Total spend £31.14

    Managed to get a whole shoulder of lamb for £8.
    Mr M are doing a offer on spring lamb ATM cant remember but i think it was about 1/3 off.
    The lamb has been seperated up for meals and am hoping to get at least 8 meals out of it.

    Free range eggs are still on offer 18 for £2.58

    Am making a big batch of savoury mince tonight using both soya mince and beef mince plus bulked out with usual porridge and lentils.

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    • Blairweech
    • By Blairweech 25th Jul 08, 7:15 PM
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    I made Apple Flapjacks last night and they are good. I think I would double the amount of flapjack next time though. Or try this recipe fom Ocado
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    • *BigBird*
    • By *BigBird* 25th Jul 08, 7:27 PM
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    Got some Twinks in the oven at the mo. I replaced 1/2 oz of the sugar with vanilla sugar, and boy do they smell good I just hope they taste as good.

    Lots of fab recipes on here tonight - cheers all But it does cause a bit of a dilemma as I can't decide which to try first!
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    • egon
    • By egon 25th Jul 08, 7:33 PM
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    egon
    Been to worcester on wednesday. The butchers close to LAkelands was selling
    15 eggs for £1.35. Very good price me thinks!
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    • belfastgirl23
    • By belfastgirl23 25th Jul 08, 7:48 PM
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    Just popping in to declare another spend of £28.30 which puts me well over my £130 target for the month making a total of nearly £150. And I need a few bits from the chinese supermarket tomorrow.

    I'm trying to eat very sensibly at the minute which means a lot more fruit and veg which seems to be having a bit of an impact on the spending. Although things are so much more expensive now too! Still this is a time of year I tend to go a bit off the rails and this is less off the rails than normal...

    Will post a final total in the next few days...hope you're all getting on okay!

  • JayJay14
    Just popped in to update my sig, but thought I would also say that Mr M has Muller corner 6 packs on offer 2 for £2 - normally £2.89 a pack - could make a special treat for the school hols.
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